BALTIMORE – It’s 2013 all over again for Chris Davis. In that wondrous year, Davis hit 53 home runs and led the major leagues with 138 RBIs.
Davis is on a 2015 tear. On Saturday night, he hit two more home runs, ending the game with his second one. It was the second straight night the Orioles won on a homer.
The Orioles 4-3 win over the Oakland Athletics before 44,028 came against something no one had seen before, a switch-pitcher, and Davis came through.
“It would be nice to win by four or five runs and not have to hold your breath the whole game but anytime you get a win at home it's big no matter what time of the year it is,” Davis said.
Davis has 34 home runs and 88 RBIs.
Once again, the Orioles spotted Oakland (51-67) a multi-run lead. On Friday night, Manny Machado ended the game with a home run in the 13th inning, and on for the third time in his career, Davis hit a game-winner.
According to STATS, the last time the Orioles won consecutive games on home runs was July 22-23, 1998 when Rafael Palmeiro and Lenny Webster did it.
“Any time you are swinging the bat well I think you feel good about where you are at. I try not to read too much into it. I know as quickly as it comes it can go,” Davis said.
Before the game, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations told season ticket holders that re-signing Davis was a priority.
Davis wouldn’t directly address the issue.
“I’d love to stay here. I told you guys in spring training I wasn’t going to talk about contracts. We have way too much on our plate right now, too much to focus on. I feel like it’s selfish to sit here and talk about my future with the team when we are trying to make the postseason, so we’ll address that when the time comes,” Davis said.
Davis was asked if he put any extra meaning in Duquette’s comments.
“It’s just words right now, Like I said, my focus is on the field trying to do everything I can to help us win a game. When it comes to contract time, we’ll address that,” Davis said.
After eight innings of Chris Bassitt, who allowed three runs on five hits, Pat Venditte (0-1) entertained the fans by warming up both right-handed and left-handed.
The switch-pitcher got Gerardo Parra on a fly to right and Adam Jones on a grounder to third.
“I’m definitely glad I don’t have to face him,” Miguel Gonzalez said.
Zach Britton (3-0) worked a 1-2-3 ninth for the win.
The Orioles (59-56) are five games behind New York for the AL East lead and a half-game behind Los Angeles for the final wild card spot.
“I think we have some people that want to get back to where we were last year. It’s that time of year,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Gonzalez allowed three runs in the first three innings.
Billy Burns began the game with a triple and scored on Mark Canha’s infield out.
Sam Fuld led off the third with his second home run of the year, and Josh Reddick hit his 14th with two outs to give Oakland) a 3-0 lead.
Eleven days ago, Bassitt shut out the Orioles (59-56) over seven innings, allowing just five hits. He blanked them for three more until Davis hit his 33rd home run to right field, his 14th in the last 23 games. His two-run home run cut the Oakland lead to 3-2 after four.
Gonzalez walked the bases loaded in the fifth with one out, but the slow moving Billy Butler helped him out by grounding into a 5-4-3 double play. Jonathan Schoop stepped off the bag and still had enough time to throw to first to get Butler.
He followed his reprieve by striking out the side in the sixth and retiring Oakland in order in the seventh.
After a string of subpar performances, Gonzalez felt things turned in his final innings.
“Mentally, you get that adrenaline going. It’s positive. I think being able to go seven innings after last night’s game was really big,” Gonzalez said.
Parra tied the score in the sixth with his second home run with the Orioles, and first at home.
NOTES: Wei-Yin Chen (6-6, 3.21) faces Kendall Graveman (6-8, 3.89) on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Chris Tillman growth posters will be handed out to the first 7,500 fans 14 and under. … The Orioles recorded their eighth sellout of the season. … Henry Urrutia was 0-for-3 in his 2015 debut. He’s the 45th player used by the Orioles this season, one more than in 2015.
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